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How to Draw Basics: Contours

Adria W.
Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(315)
Learn about contour drawing by completing fun exercises such as blind-contours and re-creating a Picasso!

Class experience

o	Be able to define and understand “contour” and “naturalism”
o	Recognize when you are drawing from your brain or memory and when you are drawing what you see
o	Understand and be able to practice blind contours on your own 
o	Have completed three successful in-class assignments (Knowing v. Seeing, Great Head Contour, Blind Contours) 
I am delighted to be able to offer classes that emphasize fine art techniques through the lens of observational drawing. Observational art is a method of learning to draw with three principles in mind: understanding of the subject, building looking skills, and practice of artistic technique. Through this method and practice, learners can draw anything. Completion of my courses will result in a learner who is engaged with art and understands basic art technique. Even students who are not aspiring artists have much to gain from drawing, including improvement of hand-eye coordination and hand dexterity skills.

Along with my bachelor’s degree in art history and studio art from a premier liberal arts institution in Ohio, I also have been teaching since 2016. My online teaching career began on Outschool in 2017. I have taught homeschoolers, unschoolers, and undergraduate students of all ages. My background in art history means that my classes are created with an understanding of historical precedence- I’m teaching what I know works! Many of my classes include examples of important artworks from masters for students to examine and learn skills from. In addition, my many years of teaching art have helped me curate concise and logical drawing curriculum that young artists can easily pick up and apply to their work. Every art class I teach hopes to provide learners with all the knowledge and support they need to grow as an artist.
Homework Offered
No formal homework will be assigned, but learners are encouraged to review and practice concepts taught in class.
0 - 1 hours per week outside of class
Assessments Offered
To remove the stress of what is sometimes a very daunting course of study, your learners will not have tests, quizzes, or formal grades in the class. Instead, I utilize positive verbal critiques to provide feedback and encourage improvement. However, if grades are requested I will provide them via rubrics that will suggest a grade. Learners progress will be gauged by the completion of their assignments, execution of techniques, contributions in critique sessions, and their class presence (being on-time, listening when I am speaking, and how they communicate with peers).
Grades Offered
 2 files available upon enrollment
***MATERIALS*** Your student will need: - A drawing pencil - Polymer or vinyl eraser -A sketchbook or drawing paper -Picasso's Great Head Print out These materials should cost less then $25.00 and are multi-purpose. They can be used outside of this course. Your student may want to purchase these optional materials if they are interested in taking any other HTDB class: -A range of graphite drawing pencils including 4H, 2H, HB, B, 2B, 4B, and 6B -Willow or vine charcoal (Our value study assignment has the option for charcoal, but it isn't required) -Kneaded eraser I provide two PDF's for this class: -A syllabus with course information and vocabulary -An in-depth materials guide
Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(315)
Hello and welcome to my teacher profile!

My name is Adria, I am a life-long mixed-media artist with a bachelor’s in art history and studio art. I am an observational and free-hand artist. Observational art is an artistic process that emphasizes... 
Group Class


per class
Meets once
60 min

Completed by 98 learners
Live video meetings
Ages: 11-16
1-8 learners per class

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